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Give the bag the boot!

Posted on 30 June 2014 International Plastic Bag Free Day is recognised annually on 3 July. This year the Two Oceans Aquarium, through its Rethink the Bag environmental campaign,…

May the Force be with you, Yoda

Posted on 7 February 2014 Two Oceans Aquarium staff bid bon voyage on Thursday to a rehabilitated green turtle, affectionately known as Yoda. Yoda was released back into the ocean…

Aquarium o-fish-ially breaks new ground on new large-scale exhibit

Posted on 24 January 2014 The Two Oceans Aquarium officially breaks ground for its brand new exhibit on 28 January 2014 at 10h00. “This is a momentous occasion. We’ve…

Aquarium launches puppet storybook

Posted on 18 June 2013 On Saturday 22 June 2013 at 09h00, the Two Oceans Aquarium will launch its first puppet storybook, titled Keep the Beach Clean. Based on the…

Waddle you do for the African Penguin?

Posted on 17 April 2013 The 2013 Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week will take place from 22 to 27 April 2013. This is the third year that a…

Farewell to Kay – Part One

Posted on 11 April 2013 On Monday, the team at the Two Oceans Aquarium began the process of releasing two ragged-tooth sharks back into the ocean, as part of its…

Prince Edward Islands declared a Marine Protected Area

Posted on 9 April 2013 The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, has declared the Prince Edward Islands a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The new Prince Edward Islands…

Stranded Turtles

Posted on 3 April 2013 The Two Oceans Aquarium has received the first stranded juvenile turtles of the year from concerned members of the public in recent weeks. One was…

Fun for everybunny at the Aquarium this Easter

Posted on 23 March 2013 Fun has been planned for everybunny at the Two Oceans Aquarium these Easter holidays. From 29 March to 7 April, the Aquarium will present a…

FantaBOOlous family fun at the aSCAREium this October

Posted on 21 September 2012 Tickets for the 2012 aSCAREium are sold out. Get ready for an evening of spooktacular fun for the whole family at the Two Oceans…

Two Oceans Aquarium signs formal partnership with Institut Océanographique, Monaco

Posted on 12 September 2012 Please note: the signing of the agreement will take place at approximately 13h00 today (12 September 2012) in Ballroom East at the Cape Town…

“Voices for the Future of our Oceans” video conference in run up to the 8th IAC

Posted on 8 September 2012 Last night, a group of passionate young students from various parts of the world participated in the “Voices for the Future of the Oceans”…

OPEN: An evening of song, sound and poetry

Posted on 4 June 2012 In celebration of Youth Day on Saturday 16 June 2012 the Two Oceans Aquarium, in association with I Am Somebody!, will present OPEN: An…

A sad farewell to an Aquarium powerhouse

Posted on 25 October 2011 It is with great sadness that the Two Oceans Aquarium bids farewell to one of its stalwarts, Jillian Grindley-Ferris, at the end of October…

Pick n Pay becomes the first African retailer to commit to sustainable seafood

Posted on 13 October 2011 Availability of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) [1] certified seafood is set to increase on South African retail shelves following the announcement yesterday by Pick…

Two Oceans Aquarium awarded top environmental status

Posted on 11 October 2011 The Two Oceans Aquarium was recently awarded Platinum status by the Heritage Environmental Management Company in recognition of its efforts towards sustainability and reducing…

Early-bird registration opens for 2012 International Aquarium Congress

Posted on 3 October 2011 Early-bird registration is now open for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC), which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from…

Shoreline Café at the Two Oceans Aquarium becomes first MSC-certified restaurant in Africa

Posted on 19 July 2011 On 19 July 2011, Shoreline Café at the Two Oceans Aquarium became the first restaurant in Africa to be awarded Chain-of-Custody certification from the…

Temporary closure of Burghers’ Walk during penguin breeding season and site rehabilitation

Posted on 1 July 2011 The City of Cape Town and South African National Parks (SANParks) have initiated a joint project to better protect the popular Burghers’ Walk, the…

Weird, Wild and Wonderful winter at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Posted on 28 June 2011 The Two Oceans Aquarium is calling on young and old to visit the Aquarium and to vote for their favourite “Weird, Wild and Wonderful” creature.…

Waddle you do to help save the African penguin?

Posted on 9 May 2011 Campaign walkers to Waddle for a Week to raise awareness about endangered birds The African penguin, this continent’s only indigenous penguin species, is in danger…

New ticket prices from 1 April 2011

Posted on 29 March 2011 The Two Oceans Aquarium’s new ticket prices will kick in on 1 April 2011. The good news is that you can still buy your tickets…

Egg-citing times at the Two Oceans Aquarium this Easter

Posted on 25 March 2011 School holidays and Easter at the Two Oceans Aquarium will definitely be a time of egg-citing activities for young and old to enjoy. With…

5 Gyres to explore plastic pollution in yet another oceanic gyre: the South Pacific

Posted on 17 March 2011 Researchers conclude most extensive study of ocean plastic pollution ever undertaken: Goal of voyage through fifth of five gyres is to bring attention to…

Sailing the synthetic seas: Public event

Posted on 24 February 2011 On Tuesday, 1 March at 11h00, *Simon MAX Bannister, creator of the Plastikos exhibit in the Two Oceans Aquarium, will give a presentation on his…

Slender sunfish wash ashore

Posted on 4 February 2011 The Two Oceans Aquarium has received a number of calls from concerned citizens regarding slender sunfish washing ashore around the Cape Peninsula. Sightings of…

First expedition to the south Atlantic subtropical gyre to study plastic pollution

Posted on 2 February 2011 Piriapolis, Uruguay — The 5 Gyres Institute will land in Piriapolis, Uruguay on 5 February, 2011 after completing a third expedition across the South Atlantic…

Sappi and Aquarium launch seal platform

Posted on 7 December 2010 On Tuesday, 14 December 2010 at 09h00, Sappi and the Two Oceans Aquarium will launch the newly constructed Sappi Seal Platform in the yacht marina…

A crisis of plastic pollution: Findings released from plastic-research voyage

Posted on 6 December 2010 On Friday, 10 December 2010 the Two Oceans Aquarium, in conjunction with the 5 Gyres Institute, the United Nations Safe Planet Campaign and Simon MAX…

One step closer to the first MSC-certified restaurant in Africa

Posted on 17 November 2010 Shoreline Café at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town has become the first restaurant in Africa that is expected to pursue Marine Stewardship Council…

Pioneering researchers launch world’s first South Atlantic Ocean plastic pollution study

Posted on 27 October 2010 The 5 Gyres visit to Cape Town coincides with the Plastikos exhibition which opened in the Aquarium earlier this month. Produced by Simon MAX Bannister,…

New exhibit Plastikos now open

Posted on 20 October 2010 In recognition of National Marine Month, the Two Oceans Aquarium invites visitors to discover creatures from the mythological floating island of waste called Plastikos.…

Plastikos – The Synthetic Sea

Posted on 11 October 2010 In recognition of National Marine Month, the Two Oceans Aquarium invites visitors to discover creatures from the mythological floating island of waste called Plastikos. Produced…

Peter Sarstedt to sing for seals

Posted on 2 September 2010 On Thursday 30 September 2010 internationally renowned singer Peter Sarstedt will perform in the Two Oceans Aquarium in aid of the Aquarium’s harbour-seal project. Sarstedt…

Two Oceans Aquarium launches new website

Posted on 7 May 2010 The Two Oceans Aquarium’s new website, www.aquarium.co.za, was launched today, just in time for the 2010 Tourism Indaba – Africa’s biggest travel and tourism…

Baby eagle rays are born

Posted on 25 March 2010 Six baby eagle rays were born sometime last night in the pool adjacent to the AfriSam Children’s Play Centre in the Aquarium. They will…

Aquarium welcomes COSATU pensioners

Posted on 9 March 2010 As part of what has become an annual event, the Two Oceans Aquarium is hosting a large contingent of COSATU pensioners today. The pensioners,…

Tribal Meetings to co-ordinate 8th International Aquarium Congress

Posted on 4 March 2010 Tribal Meetings has been appointed by the Two Oceans Aquarium as the official conference organiser for the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) which will take…

Aquarium successfully releases sharks

Posted on 24 February 2010 The Two Oceans Aquarium successfully released two more ragged-tooth sharks today as part of its ongoing shark conservation efforts. The sharks, Mandy and Noodle, were…

Marine Educator of the Year Award

Posted on 5 February 2010 Congratulations to our Deputy Head of Education, Bianca Engel, who won the Marine Educator of the Year Award at the recent MCEN (Marine and…

Summer Magic – it’s in the water at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Posted on 24 November 2009 The Two Oceans Aquarium is the place to be these summer holidays. The Aquarium, showcasing more than 3000 animals, including sharks, penguins and turtles and…

Save our Seabirds Festival

Posted on 2 October 2009 The Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival aims to raise awareness of the plight of seabirds and celebrate their beauty through a series of free…

Interactive frog screen wins Loerie gold!

Posted on 28 September 2009 We are thrilled to announce that the interactive frog screen in our Frogs Beyond the Pond exhibit was awarded Gold in the Digital Applications…

Re-using bags to make a difference

Posted on 10 September 2009 Renée Leeuwner, Tourism Co-ordinator for the Two Oceans Aquarium, came up with a great idea to re-use old conference bags. She urged all delegates…

African Carbon Trust and Two Oceans Aquarium announce State of Our Environment competition

Posted on 7 September 2009 The African Carbon Trust (ACT) and the Two Oceans Aquarium announced in Cape Town today, the launch of the ‘State of Our Environment Competition’…

Small change to make big change - making cents for frogs - Aquarium visitors support Amphibian Ark

Posted on 4 September 2009 On 7 July 2009 the Two Oceans Aquarium transferred R34 633 to the Amphibian Ark, an international frog breeding programme in zoos and aquariums…

Two Oceans Aquarium to host “Deep”: a night of words, art, music and film

Posted on 6 July 2009 On Thursday 30 July 2009 the Two Oceans Aquarium, in collaboration with the UCT Writers Series, will present DEEP: A Night of Creative Currents…

Inland ambassadors

Posted on 19 June 2009 The sharks have taken up taken up residence in the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Pretoria for two years where they will…

Splash Out – have your birthday party at the Aquarium!

Posted on 5 June 2009 How about a Little Mermaid themed party? Or Pirates for your Little Prince? Or what about a Hippity-Hoppety Frog party? Together with I&J Dippy…

King penguins on display

Posted on 11 March 2009 Two king penguins recently went on display in the Two Oceans Aquarium. The penguins, Ivan and Jennifer, are from the National Zoological Gardens of…

Aquarium returns sharks to the oceans

Posted on 5 March 2009 The Two Oceans Aquarium is set to release another two ragged-tooth sharks on 4 March 2009 as part of an ongoing shark research programme in…

Sam and Roy return to the sea

Posted on 5 March 2009 We released two more of our ragged tooth sharks earlier this month. Sam and Roy, both of which had been on display in the…

Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Charter

Posted on 23 December 2008 The Two Oceans Aquarium aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and promote conservation. Management of the Aquarium believes that it is imperative that the…

The fight for whales gains momentum

Posted on 15 December 2008 The fight for the whales received another significant endorsement last night when Rawiri Paratene, the renowned New Zealand actor best known for his role…

Archbishop Tutu casts first vote in anti-whaling campaign

Posted on 2 December 2008 Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke out against whaling before casting the first vote for Sacred Ocean – Global Voices Against the Cruelty of…

Aquarium to stay open till 20h00

Posted on 2 December 2008 The Two Oceans Aquarium will extend its hours over the festive season so that visitors can relax in its cool tranquility after a long…

“We Kill Carelessly” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu Votes to Stop Whaling

Posted on 27 November 2008 “We kill carelessly,” Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said tonight as he spoke in support of a global campaign to stop whaling by the…

Lucky under-thirteens go free

Posted on 31 October 2008 The Two Oceans Aquarium celebrates its thirteenth birthday on 13 November 2008. To commemorate the occasion, the Aquarium will grant all children thirteen years…

Aquarium supports Team Russia in their bid to Sail for the Whale

Posted on 30 October 2008 The Two Oceans Aquarium is proud to announce that Team Russia, currently participating in the Volvo Ocean Race, has adopted Shoreline Café at the…

PAADAAAH! Frogs-Beyond the Pond now open!

Posted on 2 October 2008 Frogs-Beyond the Pond is now open and proving to be a great success with visitors of all ages. From the entertaining and delightful puppet…

Two Oceans Aquarium wins bid to host 8th International Aquarium Congress

Posted on 8 September 2008 The Two Oceans Aquarium, in partnership with the Cape Town International Convention Centre Bureau, is thrilled to announce that it has successfully won the…

Metamorphosis underway at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Posted on 27 July 2008 The Two Oceans Aquarium, in collaboration with the City of Cape Town, is set to open a major new exhibit hall in September 2008 in…

Elle set for release

Posted on 4 March 2008 Another ragged-tooth shark is set for release from the Two Oceans Aquarium in the second week of March. Elle or Elzanne, as she is…

The Two Oceans Aquarium pays tribute to all South Africans living with HIV

Posted on 29 November 2007 The Two Oceans Aquarium pays tribute to all South Africans living with HIV both those infected or affected by the virus. In recognition of…

A season of stars at the Two Oceans Aquarium extended opening times over the festive season

Posted on 28 November 2007 Discover the wonders of the ocean from morning to night. See the stars come out at night. The Two Oceans Aquarium has extended its…

Two Oceans Aquarium receives Silver rating In Independent Environmental Assessment

Posted on 7 November 2007 The Two Oceans Aquarium recently received a Silver rating for its environmentally responsible operations from the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme on its initial review.…

Bon voyage to our seals

Posted on 22 September 2007 Our four Cape fur seals, Mullet, Daisy, Terminator and Dosy, will be leaving the Two Oceans Aquarium on 16 October 2007. This is an…

Tale of a turtle

Posted on 31 August 2007 A juvenile green turtle was found washed up on Muizenberg beach by a member of public. The turtle was very weak due to dehydration…

New arrivals

Posted on 27 July 2007 This month we welcome the arrival of several new animals to the Aquarium! A large short-tailed stingray was introduced to the I&J Predator Exhibit…

Indian Ocean Mosaic is a firm favourite

Posted on 9 July 2007 The Indian Ocean Mosaic Exhibit in the Indian Ocean Gallery is proving to be very popular with our visitors. The mosaic, which includes both…

Eat, meet and play at Shoreline Café

Posted on 27 March 2007 The Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town recently opened the doors to its new restaurant, Shoreline Café. Under the Aquarium’s…

Aquarium shocked by shark deaths

Posted on 14 March 2007 Two large ragged-tooth sharks, which were destined for release from the Two Oceans Aquarium back into the wild at the end of March 2007,…

Bon Voyage Bella & Billy

Posted on 8 March 2007 We will soon say Bon Voyage to Bella and Billy, two of the original set of ragged-tooth sharks, which have enthralled our members and…

Aquarium takes positive action to assist injured seals at Waterfront

Posted on 5 February 2007 Staff members of the Two Oceans Aquarium have devised a successful method to cut the strap bands, rope, fishing line etc from the necks…

Rethink the shark

Posted on 15 December 2006 The summer holidays are here and visitors from around South Africa as well as the rest of the world will flock to the fairest…

We pay tribute

Posted on 30 November 2006 A dramatic Aids Ribbon, in recognition of the AIDS crisis in our country, can be seen around the centre rock in the Aquarium’s main…

Sacred Water Ceremony At Two Oceans Aquarium

Posted on 22 September 2006 A Sacred Water Ceremony was held at the Two Oceans Aquarium on Friday 22 September 2006 in collaboration with ZERI-SA. The Ceremony was led…

Sardine run at Two Oceans Aquarium

Posted on 30 July 2006 The sardine run has arrived at the Two Oceans Aquarium. A large shoal of sardines (pilchards) were introduced into the I&J Predator Exhibit on…

Become an Ambassador for the Oceans

Posted on 26 July 2006 Do you love the oceans? Would you like to be immersed in a fascinating underwater world of colour, beauty, tranquillity and magic? Join our…

Shark spotters introduced to marine life

Posted on 25 July 2006 Shark spotters Patrick, Justin and Monwabisi got up close and personal with assorted marine life at the Two Oceans Aquarium on 12 June 2006.…

Dee shares her satellite secrets

Posted on 18 July 2006 Great news! After an anxious four-month waiting period, we’ve finally heard from Dee’s satellite tag which surfaced on 16 July 2006. Initial satellite information…

Seafood while stocks last

Posted on 19 May 2006 Did you know that it is illegal to buy or sell white musselcracker and white steenbras? On 17 May 2006 the South African Sustainable…

Gangster and Zed spread their wings

Posted on 18 May 2006 Gangster and Zed, two of our male African penguins in the Sappi River Meander Exhibit, have joined the penguin colony at uShaka Marine World.…

Aquarium welcomes COSATU Pensioners

Posted on 18 May 2006 The Two Oceans Aquarium once again welcomed COSATU pensioners to the Aquarium on Tuesday 9 May 2006. This is the third pensioner outing to…

Indian Ocean Tropical Exhibit opens

Posted on 10 May 2006 The long-awaited Indian Ocean Exhibit opened on Wednesday 10 May 2006. The 3m cylindrical exhibit is the centrepiece of the Oceans of Contrast Indian…

Fantastic prizes to be won as Dee goes wild!

Posted on 3 April 2006 On 15 March 2006 the Two Oceans Aquarium returned its third ragged-tooth shark to the ocean. Dee, a large female ragged-tooth shark, was the…

Satellite secrets of sunfish

Posted on 17 March 2006 Aquarists caught and tagged two sunfishes off Mouille Point on 17 March 2006. The satellite tags, which were purchased with funding from the Project…

Penguin couple nesting

Posted on 3 March 2006 African penguins Alan (male) and Neptune (female) have laid their first egg on the beach in the Sappi River Meander Exhibit.

Dee to return to the ocean

Posted on 1 March 2006 The first ragged-tooth shark to go on display in the Two Oceans Aquarium in October 1995 returned to the ocean in March 2006. Dee…

Eagle ray pups born

Posted on 27 February 2006 Six eagle ray pups were born at the Aquarium on 6 February 2006. They are being cared for in a temporary pool on the…

Young biologists graduate

Posted on 25 February 2006 Forty-seven young biologists received their graduation certificates at an informal ceremony at the Aquarium on Saturday 25 February 2006. Sponsored by De Beers Marine,…

Aquarium wows USA students

Posted on 16 February 2006 On 16 February 2006 eleven students from the Codman Academy in Boston, USA, visited the Aquarium and were thoroughly impressed by our exhibits and…

Grand old lady goes wild

Posted on 10 February 2006 The first ragged-tooth shark to go on display in the Two Oceans Aquarium in October 1995 is to be returned to the ocean in…

‘The Splendour of Sharks’ Exhibit opens

Posted on 2 January 2006 The Splendour of Sharks Exhibit includes a collection of spectacular shark images by world-renowned photographers, David Doubilet and Chris Fallows. The exhibit encourages people…

Coastal Clean Up Day - we need your help!

Posted on 8 September 2005 The Two Oceans Aquarium will co-ordinate a beach clean up on Mouille Point Beach on Sunday 19 September 2004 at 09:00 at the Lighthouse. The…

New kids on the block

Posted on 13 April 2005 The Two Oceans Aquarium recently collected two young female ragged-tooth sharks for display in the I&J Predator Exhibit. These sharks replace “Val”, who was released…

Val’s the gal - Aquarium to release second shark

Posted on 18 March 2005 Val, a large female ragged-tooth shark, so named for the amount of Valium used to sedate her when she was collected for display, has been…

Adventure diving

Posted on 3 July 2003 Get close up and intimate. Swim freely alongside ragged-tooth sharks, spotted gullies, turtles and rays. Come face to face with a multitude of fishes. See…